Henrikh Mkhitaryan makes honest admission about leaving Man United for Arsenal

Henrikh Mkhitaryan opens up about his transfer to Arsenal from Manchester United in January

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Arsenal playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan Photo: The Sport Review

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has admitted that he didn’t think twice about signing for Arsenal from Manchester United.

The Armenia international moved to The Emirates in the January transfer window as part of the same deal which saw Alexis Sanchez head to Old Trafford from the Gunners.

Mkhitaryan had found his first-team opportunities at Old Trafford to be somewhat restricted under Jose Mourinho and he jumped at the chance to sign for the Gunners and nail down some regular playing time.

The 29-year-old has been a regular fixture in the starting line-up at The Emirates since his move and he has scored two goals and made four assists in 10 Premier League games for Arsenal.

And the playmaker has now opened up about how his move to Arsenal from Manchester United panned out this season.

Speaking in an interview with FourFourTwo, Mkhitaryan said: “When I heard I could swap Manchester United for Arsenal, I said ‘yes I want to do that’.

“I wasn’t evening thinking twice or thinking that maybe I don’t have to go. I said ‘no I want to go. I want to have more playing time. I want to enjoy playing attacking, offensive football’. I made the right decision coming here.

“I didn’t’ come here to replace anyone. Everyone keeps saying that I’ve been part of a deal for Alexis Sanchez but it’s not true because he was running down his contract.

“If he didn’t choose to come to Manchester United, he would have stayed at Arsenal until the summer.

“Everything was up to me. I’m not saying I was important in this aspect but I want everyone to understand I wasn’t made part of the deal for Alexis Sanchez.”

Arsenal are currently preparing for their final game under Arsene Wenger, when they travel to Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

The north London side are on course to finish in sixth place in the Premier League table this season and miss out on a top-four finish for the second campaign running.

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